Create a simple yet impressive naked cake for the pinterest perfect tea party! Learn how to make a delicious tea party cake with this step by step tutorial.
Shout out to anyone who is a nanny/full time babysitter. This post is for you…. kinda. A few years ago I left the world of social media and content management to work with kids. It was a total world shift for me and while I’ve been doing some side projects in the digital space I haven’t really looked back. There are days when I’m not sure how my bills will get paid and I long for the days of a regular paycheck, or when one of my kiddos is on their third tantrum of the day because sugar is not a food group but overall, I really enjoy it. There is something magical about it. And if I’m being real here, I think kids are easier than dealing with adults sometimes. Kids’ only ulterior motive is to get out of bedtime or to get an extra cookie. Adults? So much more drama.
So 3 years ago, I left the world of “real people jobs” and started nannying and this week, my first little is turning 4! I’m a little teary eyed thinking about it. Okay, so my main goal as kiddos get older is that I end up being the cool Aunt. You know what I’m talking about. The one that they can go to for things they may not be able to tell mom or dad about. The one that is still single and enjoying life and they basically stalk my instagram feed (it’s a thing, I promise). Since I’m not related to the kiddos it’s a bit strange but I absolutely love getting to see them grow up.
So for P’s party her mom is basically amazing and asked me to make the cake for her birthday party. Of course I said yes! The theme was a Royal Tea Party and for real you guys, it was GORGEOUS! I didn’t take a bunch of photos because I’m a dolt and was too busy waving a bubble wand but… I can tell you how I made the Tea Party Cake!!!
A Pinterest Perfect Tea Party Cake
** Note: The cake is topped with delicious meringue cookies! I got the recipe from ShugarySweets and they turned out beautifully. I recommend making these at least a day in advance (they take a really long time to cook) on a day that has very low humidity.
Don’t forget to PIN for later!
- 1 Box White cake mix
- 2 tbls almond extract
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- Simple syrup
- 1 Cup unsalted butter (room temp)
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 package strawberry Jello
- 6 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tbsp whole milk or heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 350 and spray 6 inch cake round with non-stick cooking spray
- On a kitchen scale, weigh the empty mixing bowl. Record this number for later
- Mix all ingredients for cake in mixing bowl and weigh. Subtract the bowl weight from this and divide that number by 4 (for four layers) - I could tell you just to evenly distribute the mix, but who keeps 4 6 inch cake rounds on hand!?!
- Weigh the cake round zero out your scale. Slowly pour batter in to the cake round until you get to the desired weight (mine was 196g)
- Bang your pan on the counter a few times to release any excess bubbles.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Repeat for all four layers.
- Level each layer using a cake leveler or serrated knife.
- Cream butter and shortening together until smooth.
- Add in salt
- Slowly add in powdered sugar and mix until fully blended
- Add and mix milk until smooth
- Add a few tbsp strawberry jello for flavoring until you get to your desired pink color
- Let chill for 20 minutes
- On a cake round place a few tablespoons of frosting to act as your glue.
- Place first layer of cake on the bottom. Leveled side up.
- Drizzle with simple syrup.
- Using a piping bag and size 1A Wilton icing tip, pipe around top surface of the cake layer. Fill in the middle in a circular pattern.
- Place the second layer leveled size up. Repeat frosting process.
- Repeat until all 4 layers are assembled and use an offset spatula to smooth out the frosting on top. This should use all of the frosting you just made.